What are KAPOWs goals?
- Exposes students to a wide
variety of jobs
-Teaches employability skills
-Helps students make connections between the world of school and the world of work
-Motivates students through "hands-on" or experiential activities
For Teachers, KAPOW
-Provides professional development opportunities through training, using the KAPOW
curriculum and working side-by-side with professionals from the workplace
-Reinforces with children the importance and relevance of their classroom work
-Improves the teachers capacity to bring workplace experiences to their lessons
- Develop a greater
appreciation for the value of their own work
- Model teamwork,
presentation skills, and positive work habits in a work
environment different than their own
- Help children make
connections between classroom work and adult work
What are companies
roles in the program model?
In the KAPOW model, the
business makes an institutional commitment with KAPOW and their partner school.
The CEO must support the program, appoint a volunteer coordinator, commit release time for
volunteers during the work day for trainings and classes, and host the worksite visit.
How are business
Do the children and
teachers see the volunteers workplace?
worksite visit is uniquely designed and implemented by a committee of volunteers at the
company to give students, in small groups, hands-on experience with jobs at the
partners workplace. During the worksite visit, students will see the workplace in
action. This visit is a hands-on opportunity for students to bring together
the major concepts about work that they have been learning in the four previous
small groups, each with a chaperone, students will visit and be engaged in a number of
workstations at the host company.
Do all students in a
grade level participate?
KAPOW requires that
EVERY CHILD in a participating grade be included in the program.
Under what time frame
does the program operate?
Throughout the entire
school year, volunteers teach the complete KAPOW curriculum in eight monthly lessons.
Teachers provide KAPOWs curriculum integration activities and student preparation in
How are program
KAPOW representatives visit and call partner sites to provide
technical assistance and quality assurance. For more on KAPOW structure and minimum
requirements click here for KAPOW Quality Points.
Is teacher training a
Teacher and Teambuilding Trainings ensure teacher support, curriculum integration and
joint lesson planning with volunteers.
Do teachers and
volunteers plan and work together on the lessons?
Teachers and volunteers
plan the first two lessons together in required "teambuilding" trainings.
Program requirements include four one-hour planning sessions for teachers and volunteers
to plan lessons throughout the year.
What is the
curriculums primary focus?
curriculum focuses on career exploration and SCANS skills. Lesson topics include Job and
Career Awareness, Self-Awareness, Positive Work Habits, Teamwork, Overcoming Bias and
Stereotype, Communication, and Decision Making.
Volunteers strengthen KAPOWs interactive and fun lesson activities through real-life
examples and hands-on experiences.
Are KAPOWs lessons
integrated into the schools curriculum?
Curriculum Connections" section of each KAPOW lesson in the curriculum provides
detailed, specific activities to integrate lesson content to every subject in the
KAPOW integrate technology into its curriculum?
The Core activities and the Cross-Curriculum Connections activities in
the KAPOW curriculum integrate a variety of themes,
including technology. Many of our activities from all
three levels of the curriculum require that students utilize
technology in the classroom and emphasize the importance
of technology in the workplace. Following are a few
Level 1-grades 1/2
Students draw a picture of what they want
to be when they grow up, using Kid Pix or another software
Bias & Stereotype: Around the World
What do we think we know about people
we’ve never seen and places we’ve never been?
Students choose a place on a world map and discuss
or write what they think they know about the people who
live there. Students then research (encyclopedia, Compton’s CD ROM
Encyclopedia, MACGlobe, Encarta) the place to find out
some cultural facts and compare the facts with what
students originally thought.
This activity can lead to a research paper. If possible, use the internet to conduct primary research.
Making: World Challenge
Explore a software and video program by
Edmark (1-800-426-0856) called Strategy Games of the
World. This program, for MAC or windows, helps students understand
and perfect their problem-solving and decision-making
video segment depicts people from many occupations